[Humanist] 28.222 the silent response to digital hubris

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Wed Jul 23 18:59:29 CEST 2014

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 28, No. 222.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:09:07 +0200 (CEST)
        From: orlandi at rmcisadu.let.uniroma1.it
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 28.219 the silent response to digital hubris
        In-Reply-To: <20140721194045.AEEFA618E at digitalhumanities.org>

The argument of Martin Mueller is specious, even elegant, and so
well expressed, but unfortunately not to the point. In fact there
is no need to convince the common garden variety humanist that
DH is useful or important. Digital technology, for better or
worse, imposes itself in the (post)modern world, and even the
common garden variety humanist -- I like the phrase -- knows that
he cannot do without it.

The point is, that that variety of humanist will want help from
digital specialist, and the problem arises, what kind of digital
humanities specialist may better help him. I maintain that the one
well aware of the transformative nature of DH achivements is the
only one really entitled. Note that the "praticone" may be a
plain engineer. The DH specialist is somebody capable to explain
to you that humanities in a digital environment is not what it
used to be. I am the first to be sorry for that, but it is so,
and the sooner the common garden humanist will learn, the better.

Tito Orlandi

Tito Orlandi  (olim Univ. di Roma La Sapienza)
Centro Linceo Interdisciplinare Beniamino Segre - Roma
Hiob Ludolf Zentrum (Asien-Afrika-Institut, Univ. Hamburg)
Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum, Roma

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